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Oceanhorn: A loving tribute to The Legend of Zelda

Nintendo has stated, firmly and more than once, that it won't be bringing its proprietary titles to mobile formats. If The Legend of Zelda were to …

Bundle In A Box offers 13 RPGs for less than $5

Thematic game collection Bundle In A Box is currently offering 13 titles on a slideable pay scale with the Indie RPG Bundle.<p>Buyers must pay a minimum of $1.99, but can choose to pay more if they wish. Proceeds are split between the Indie Dev Grant, which supports independent developers, and a …

Education 2.0: Fixing the Broken Higher-Ed System

Tuition is rising. Graduates, burdened by the incredible debt required to get a four-year degree, can't find jobs. It's time to hack your education. (Also see "6 Tech Career Paths That Won't Bury You in Debt.")<p><b>In 2010 Jay Cross was a business major at the University of Connecticut</b>, and he was …

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The First Affordable Home Security System That Can Think For Itself

"Your cat is just chasing a reflection. Maybe I shouldn't alert the homeowner about this. Or, wait...maybe I should."<p>Canary, a new networked home security system, was posted on Indiegogo this morning. There are lots of similar inexpensive systems out there--most notably the Dropcam--but we're …

What's the Best Language for a Beginning Programmer?

More and more high schools are teaching computer programming. But what's the best language for students just getting started?<p><b>PRINT "Hello World"</b><p>There was a time when you could type those words into any home computer and get it to say "Hello World," because virtually all of them came with BASIC …

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Goji's Smart Lock snaps pictures, welcomes you by name

Burglars of the future beware: the age of the smart lock is coming. There's no shortage of entries into the space these days -- in fact, it was just under a week ago that we spotted the lovely Yves Behar-designed August lock. Goji's (whoever heard of a company named after a fruit?) got a pretty …

JamStar Is A Cool Free App That Teaches You To Play The Guitar

I’ve seen plenty of guitar apps in my lifetime – enough for two lifetimes, in fact – but JamStar, an app by an Israeli programming house, has almost won my heart.<p>The premise is simple – you tune your guitar and then play notes or chords. The app (which runs on a phone or your browser) senses your …

How to Make Your Own Ringtones

Why use your phone's default ringtone options when you could create your own? Follow these steps to make your smartphone recognize your DIY files as ringtone options.<p>I want to make a friends home guitar recording my ringtone, but when I load it onto my phone, it doesnt show up as a ring option. Is …

Laser Scanner Can Detect Someone Watching You A Kilometer Away

A new device protects soldiers by detecting and locating optical glass.<p>U.S. defense contractors spend a lot of resources developing robots that help the Pentagon's various services keep an eye on their enemies, but San Diego-based Torrey Pines Logic is developing a small robotic sidekick that helps …